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The Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine is conducting an open-rank search for ASSISTANT, ASSOCIATE or FULL PROFESSORS with expertise in health policy.

The Department of Health Policy was established in 2013 and has grown to include 23 faculty. The combination of a major research university and preeminent medical center gives Department faculty incredible opportunities to build relationships with frontline care providers and policymakers which can lead to breakthrough discoveries. Faculty interests include health care financing, insurance design and coverage; aging and long-term care; delivery system improvement; provider payment, health services research; pharmacoepidemiology; cancer epidemiology; and infectious diseases. The Department is built on the premise that research and innovative thinking should guide health policy and policymakers to understand implications of their choices.

The Department benefits from Vanderbilt’s single campus, the depth and breadth of health-related research conducted across the University and its location in the state capital. It boasts a robust data infrastructure and currently has active data use agreements with TennCare (Tennessee’s Medicaid program), the Veterans Affairs, the Health Care Cost Institute, IBM (MarketScan Commercial and Medicare claims), CMS (Medicare claims and Formulary Files), and the NCI (SEER-Medicare registry-claims linked data). We also have active collaborations with groups across our campus, including the Economics Department, the Peabody School of Education, and the Owen School of Management.

The Department currently offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree – including a Health Policy track – and a doctoral program (PhD) which will have its first students matriculating in 2020. We have a particular interest in recruiting faculty who can help bolster our educational programs. For Associate or Full professor applicants, prior educational program leadership experience is preferred. More about our faculty and programs can be found on our website,


Application instructions: Application deadline 11/15/19

Applicants must possess:

  • PhD in health policy, health services research, economics, epidemiology, statistics, public policy, public health, or a closely related field; and
  • Evidence of or potential to attract external funding for their research.
  • Candidates with advanced clinical training (MD, PharmD, or other clinical degree) and extensive research experience may also apply but are encouraged to reach out to the search committee in advance.

Successful applicants must be excited to work within a growing department to develop educational and research programs in a collegial and collaborative environment. The Department is placing a priority on recruiting faculty from underrepresented groups.

The following items are required in your application:

  • Cover letter of interest describing how you meet the criteria above
  • Full academic CV/resume
  • Name and contact information for 3 references
  • Manuscript that exemplifies the type of research you plan to conduct in the future
  • Applicants for assistant professor should have 3 confidential letters of recommendation sent directly

Please send your completed application directly to

Salary and start-up packages will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience. Priority will be given to applications received by November 15th, with a hire anticipated for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Please contact suzanne.alexander@vumc.orgfor more information.